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GWH 1/48 Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star Target Tug, Imperial Iranian Airforce

After P-47, F-84, F-86 and F-4, this is my father´s newest addition to our IIAF collection.
He used the GWH kit, which is mostly very nice, together with the freshly released decal sheet from Hi-Decal.

Painted with Gunze Orange with a touch of red and AK Real Color Aluminium. Seatbelts are from Eduard. Added a pylon for the TT system from an abandoned Hobby Boss F-80 project. Sadly there is no aftermarket stuff for the Ford/Powell LD-4R TT, should there ever be one we will most probably retrofit the model with it.

Between 1956 and 1965 the IIAF received a bunch of T-33 and RT-33. In the early 60ies, four T-33 and two RT-33 were converted to TT in Italy. When the IIAF introduced the F-5 with their supersonic aerial darts, the TT equipment was removed again from the (R)T-33s. Several IIAF T-33 were inherited by the IRIAF in 1979. One of them was recently displayed as a “drone”..

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8 responses to GWH 1/48 Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star Target Tug, Imperial Iranian Airforce

  1. That is some damn fine work! Love the paint job and the subtle weathering.

  2. Nothing short of professional. Something you’d see in a hard copy magazine with all of the elements perfectly insink. Some very strong work, worthy of being in the “Model of the Month” category.

    Painting orange and getting away with it and making it look easy is a hard thing to do. Two thumbs up.

  3. Absolutely classic shape from the golden age of aviation. I´m on the same page as Bruce and Stephen on the paint job. Flying it in sunshine must have been like being in a glass of Fanta soft drink. No wonder the insides of the tanks were in black.

  4. There’s no missing that. Beautiful build and finish,

  5. Very nice rendition. Bravo!

  6. That really is a pristine finish! Love the subtleties in the shading. What a beaut!

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